• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Li Narangoa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This is a high level advanced language course (on the same level as Seminar A and Japanese-English Translation; thus, higher than the Advanced Japanese Language courses). It serves three purposes. First, it serves as an intermediate stage between advanced group language study and independent research. Second, it allows students to familiarize themselves with key concepts and issues of Japanese history. Third, it improves the students? ability to read Japanese historical texts.

  Using history textbooks and popular history writings, which are written in contemporary language, the course introduces students to both the basic conceptual terminology in the field of history, and to the major happenings in Japanese history and how these relate to more recent social and political issues. The topics may cover a variety of historical periods, ranging from samurai to modern soldiers, from Japanese creation myths to the foundation of the modern state, from imperialism to nationalism, from Kabuki theatre to soccer in contemporary Japan.

  By the conclusion of the course, students should be familiar with the appropriate Japanese language tools necessary for Japanese history reading and for writing research essays in Japanese.The specific topics offered in a given year will depend on the lecturer(s) who will teach the course.

  This course will be useful to students interested in history and current Japanese social and political issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to be able to read historical Japanese texts, including classical Japanese texts, on their own with dictionaries.  Anyone who is seriously doing some research in Japanese history should feel confident to use authentic historical documents in a printed form.  However, this course does not provide students with special skills to be able to decipher and read hand-written historical materials.  The number of students taking this course, including undergraduate students, is normally less than ten and individual guidance from the lecturer for each student is assured all the time.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Indicative Assessment

Two 1,600-ji (characters) essays 10% each; two Japanese to English translations on documents of the student's choice 12.5% each; one project paper and its presentation 15%; final take-home examination 30%; and self-assessment 10%. 

Passing the course is conditional on passing the final take-home examination.


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Students can expect to spend 10 hours per week on this course inclusive of Three contact hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed JPNS6113 and JPNS6114. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed JPNS2024.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3327 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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